Our fifth graders were gone this week at Camp Timber Lee, Wisconsin for Outdoor Education! Having gone a couple times with other 5th grade classes in the past, I know they come away with some awesome experiences! Be sure to talk with your student about all the different types of activities they did while they were there and what they enjoyed most. I'm sure they'll have lots to talk about.
This week students were introduced the GOPHER FitStep Pro pedometers. These devices measure how active each student is during class by collecting data on the number of steps taken, the amount of activity time accrued AND the amount of MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) time they earn. After a brief overview, students participated in an activity called "Uno Fitness" - where they performed a variety of exercises or laps based on the cards they were dealt.
The second day of PE, students got on their pedometers and got to choose how they wanted to be active at a variety of "Free Choice" stations. We uploaded our pedometers at the end of class and looked at the data to see how "active" our choices were.
Our first & second graders were introduced to the GOPHER FitStep Pro pedometers this week. We learned how to take our "kid code" number from the pedometer pockets and secure it to our waist. We also learned how to place our pedometers into the data readers to upload them to the computer. Finally, we discussed what the different buttons & screens are for and how to use them. Our first activity was to get the kids moving around the gym at different speeds to see how fast they had to travel to get their MVPA timer to begin running. They are set at 110 steps per minute, so students experimented and learned how fast that is for them. Ideally, our goal is to get 10+ minutes of MVPA time during our 30 minute class. Our second day activity included a variety of "free choice" stations designed to help students determine which type of activities are more active than others.
Our kindergarten students got a chance to explore some different ways to travel on scooter boards for our first day of PE this week. We worked on traveling by sitting down, kneeling, and laying on our bellies. We used our "pushing" muscles and our "pulling" muscles to help us move. We also traveled in a variety of directions including forward, backward, sideways and in a circle or spiral.
Our second day consisted of some "free choice" stations where students chose what they wanted to do and how long they wanted to do it. This self-directed activity got students interacting with each other, sharing equipment, taking turns and exploring a variety of ways to be active! I posted videos of each class in action on Class Dojo. If you haven't connected to Class Dojo and would like to, please email me at email@example.com and I will shoot you out an invite to connect!
Check out what our students have been learning this week in PE...
Our week was a bit disrupted with music rehearsals for 4th grade and then no classes on Friday due to the Grandparent's Day program, so most classes only had PE once this week, two classes I saw twice, and one 4th grade class I didn't see at all. However, the classes I did get to see were great, as students participated in underhand & overhand throwing activities that allowed me a chance to assess their throwing technique.
This is the Grade Level Outcome we were working on this week in 3rd grade. We used these 2 activities to help develop our skills.
Our students continued practicing their catching skills this week. Last week we used scarves and bean bags, this week we used a variety of items such as stuffed animals, rubber critters, yarn balls, Super 90 Gatorskin balls, whiffle balls & scoops, and even some 7" dia. playground balls!
We only got to see Kindergarten once this week due to the half day on Friday, but students had fun working with dice to determine "greater than, less than, or equal" numbers and then winning a stuffed beanie baby animal for their team if they rolled the larger number. The activity is called "Roll with It" and was created by a Georgia Teacher of the Year, JD Hughes. Check out his website at www.pe2themax.com for tons of great content. Below is a video from last year playing it in class. I posted videos of this year's kindergarten students on Class Dojo, so be sure to check it out. Not connected to Class Dojo yet? Contact me and I'll set you up! firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's an overview of what our students have been working on this week during PE class...
Our 4th & 5th graders began the PE Central Challenge - a series of 6 skill challenges designed to get students practicing on a variety of skills. Three of the challenges are individual skills that students try to perform for a certain amount of time. Two of the skills are designed to be done with a partner. One of the skills is designed for students to work in a group of 3. These are skills are things students should be able to do with practice. By the end of the school year, students who have completed 4 of 6 challenges will receive a bronze pin, 5 of 6 earns the silver pin, and completing all 6 earns the gold pin! You can learn more about the PE Central Challenge on their website at www.pecchallenge.org/challenges/challengelist.html
Our third graders began working on the underhand throw this week. Our focus was S1.E13.1 - being able to "throw underhand to a target with reasonable accuracy." I assessed the students' underhand throwing mechanics while they were engaged in the Champions & Challengers activity. Each student received a 3, 2, or 1 based on their ability to demonstrate a mature underhand throwing pattern by exhibiting all of the following criteria:
Our first & second graders are working on eye-hand coordination this week. They used juggling scarves and beanbags in a variety of different ways to help them gain confidence as they track and catch a self toss. We also added a couple warm up "tag" activities designed to get students moving safely in general space.
Kindergarten also worked on traveling safely in general space and sharing equipment with Couch Potato Tag. We practiced catching a self toss in a variety of ways with scarves and then did a fun partner activity where we tossed a Koosh ball into a bucket in order to collect poly spots for our team with Make It, Take It.
This week our 3rd-5th graders completed their second week of cooperative/teambuilding activities. We focused on National Standard 4: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self & others.
We continued our work toward mastering the basic locomotor skills with several different activities...
Our final activity called "Capture the Critters" focused on getting students to take turns, share equipment and travel in general space safely. Check out the video below.
Our first grade students are also working on locomotor skills. They played the 4 corner locomotor activity and Zoo Keeper! We used the Class Dojo app to randomly select students up on our projector. The selected students go to be the Zoo Keeper and let one animal out of its cage. Students traveled around the gym in the same way that the animal travels! Finally, we got to use jump ropes again this week and this time we practiced consecutive jumps going forward or back ward.
Kindergarten explored the wonderful world of my 200+ beanie baby collection! We worked on catching a self-toss with "Catch the Critters" and then we rolled hula hoops to try and "Capture the Critters". Students worked cooperatively in self-chosen partner pairs to share equipment & space safely and take turns.
Great to have our first full week of uninterrupted learning in the gym! Our intermediate grades (3-5) worked on cooperative/teambuilding activities. Our primary grades (K-2) focused on moving safely in personal & general space with some fun tag games & learning different ways to move our body by practicing the eight basic locomotor skills.
This week we focused on Standard 4 of the National PE Standards which deals with students "exhibiting responsible personal & social behavior that respects self and others." The graphic below shows what this looks like broken down by grade levels 3, 4, and 5. We refer to these as Grade Level Outcomes or GLOs. These serve as a guide for the intended exit outcomes for what students should know or be able to do by the end of a particular grade level. As you can see from the table below, these are valuable "life skills" that even many adults do do regularly let alone an 8, 9, or 10 year old child. So while these types of activities can be difficult at times, they are also important for students to work through in order to begin to develop these important social skills.
Second grade continued its focus on locomotor skills and becoming more efficient movers! Students practiced these skill independently and with a fun activity called Zoo Keeper. We also reviewed traveling safely and supporting our body weight with Plank Tag.
Our first graders learned how to do a Popsicle Stick Run and travel around the gym in the same direction around the boundary line. They used sticks to drop into a bucket each time they completed a lap. They also got to practice moving safely to open spaces with Plank Tag.
Students learned to find a personal space when using a jump rope. We practiced these locomotor skills and jumping skills with our ropes this week. Best of all, students learned how to make a loop at the top of their rope and return it to the jump rope rack on the correct hook sorted by handle color!
Our kindergarten students continued to work on moving safely around the gym traveling in the same direction with a (3-Stick) Popsicle Stick Run. We also practiced our 8 locomotor skills by traveling around the gym in the same manner on Day 2. We applied those locomotor skills and introduced some animal walks with our Zoo Keeper activity. Finally, students got to use dice in a fun way to practice 6 of the locomotor skills with a game originally called Rolling Locomotives which I call 4 Corner Locomotors. I posted a video of all the kindergarten class on Class Dojo for parents to view. If you're not connected and want to see what your child is learning in PE each week, please email me at email@example.com and I will shoot you out an invite!
Welcome back to school! We haven't had our first "full-week" of classes yet, but we definitely haven't been short on learning over the last three weeks! Here's a look at what our students have been working on in PE class so far this year...
Our first class together got students a chance to reconnect with friends they haven't seen over the summer and ease into the school routine with a variety of free choice station activities. These activities let students choose something active they enjoy doing either by themselves or with friends. We snapped some 1st day of PE pics & posted those to Class Dojo and then briefly discussed our Rules & Procedures in the gym.
I like to start with several cooperative activities at the beginning of the year. The activity below was a great way to get students to work with 15 different partners in a variety of skill & fitness activities. I saw it shared on Twitter by Kelly Zerby @tall_kelly (a PE teacher from DeKalb, IL).
Our second week worked continued the cooperative theme with a few activities designed to help students find partners and make groups/teams quickly. To accomplish this, we played Partner Mixer & Magic Number.
Once students could demonstrate that they could make groups quickly, the classes that had their 4th day of PE played a cooperative strategy game called "Wheel & Deal" - which I got from JD Hughes @pe2themax (who is a PE teacher from Georgia). Check out his website: www.pe2themax.com
We had school picture day taking place on half of the gym on one of our PE days this week, so we did some "light" activities using scarves and bowling pins. These activities came from Kevin Tiller @physedreview (a PE teacher from Massachusetts). We jumped back to the cooperative theme with Jellyfish Tag and learned how to use a new assessment tool - Plickers magnets!
Our first 3 weeks of class focused on class management activities. We are learning about the class procedures and "how we do stuff" while we're in the gym. Students practiced starting and stopping to the signal (music), moving in personal and general space safely, and learned to take the hall pass when leaving the gym to use the bathroom or to get a drink. We also watched a short video on how displaying expected behaviors in class earns students points on Class Dojo!
Week 2 - we continued work on moving safely in personal and general space and also learned how to make groups quickly with "Magic Number"! We also learned that our energy comes from the food we eat by playing "Coach Potato Tag". Putting equipment away in the correct location was the focus behind "Tennis Ball Sort".
Week 3 - During picture day, we did a series of juggling scarf challenges. On day 2 we continued with another chasing & fleeing activity called "Chicken Taco Tag" and more locomotor fitness using hula hoops!
This week, our second grade students took a cognitive pre-assessment on the 8 different locomotor skills. We will be taking this again in late January 2019 to see student progress on being able to identify the LM skills.
Our kindergarten classes are doubled up in the gym this year. Mrs. Fechner & Mrs. Murphy have PE class together and Ms. Christensen & Ms. Corp have PE class together! We have Mr. Teti-Teal aka "Coach T" coming over from Western Avenue School to team teach the classes. Week 1 & 2 we did pretty much the same lesson as 1st grade. By week 3, we started to incorporate some creative dance moves with a variety of fun dances!
To close out the school year, students will be participating in some "free choice" activity stations. Due to a bunch of field trips, Field Day, Memorial Day and several other events in the school calendar over the last two weeks of school, it is nice to let students explore a variety of ways they like to stay active. The stations change throughout the week and our K-2 primary stations differ slightly than our 3-5 intermediate stations.
Students get to choose what they'd like to do and how long they'd like to do it. So if they have one favorite activity, they can choose to do that the entire time. If they have several things they want to do, they manange their time and rotate to another station whenever they want. This self-paced/self-guided learning is a great way to engage students who may have otherwise "checked out" with only a few days of school left.
Our only rules are to BE SAFE (use equipment & space properly), RESPECT OTHERS (share equipment/take turns/include others) and HAVE FUN! I enjoy seeing all the creative things students do with the available equipment and how they interact with each other. While this isn't a typically "teaching" day, students are still busy learning through active play on their own and with their peers.
Our main focus is pretty heavy on the National SHAPE Standards 4 & 5. These last 2 weeks are really a culmination of things we've learned and a chance for students to take their skills a bit further. By exhibiting responsible personal & social behavior that is respectful, it allows ALL students to have fun and be safe. I also want students to recognize the "value" of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression or social interaction. Positive experiences here will help set them up for a more active lifestyle as they grow up.
This week we revisited our throwing skills and focused on throwing for accuracy in a couple different activities. Day 1 focused primarily on the underhand throw. Students played "Champions & Challengers" which allows them multiple opportunities to throw at at target (hoop) during the activity. Below is the activity sheet and video explanation of the game.
On day 2, we stepped up our game and added "Hula Moolah" to our activity list. The students enjoyed making friendly wagers and watching their money pile up as they worked on their overhand and underhand throwing for accuracy in this game. Check out the activity sheets and video explanation below.
Our first and second graders worked on hitting off a tee this week. Day one, we learned the rules of "Home Run Dice Derby" and how to use the iPad app Scorekeeper XL. We played the game for about 15 minutes and then on Day 2, we jumped right in with a quick review and let students practice hitting off the tees with this great activity! Check out the activity sheet and video explanation below.
Since kindergarten only had one day this week - we made it a great one with PARACHUTE DAY!!! I swear, every day should be parachute day. The students worked on following directions and working cooperatively in a variety of parachute activities. We even made pigs fly! (Ask your students.)
Our intermediate students worked on long-handled striking with baseball bats this week. We focused our efforts on 2 main activities and incorporated the use of a scoring app on the iPads too. You can check out the videos and activity sheets for more information.
Our focus this week was on cooperative activities. Day one began with Overs, Unders, & Flip Flops followed by level 1 & 2 of a scooter activity called Operation Cooperation. Day two continued with Operation Cooperation getting to levels 3 & even level 4 with some classes.
Our kindergarteners worked cooperatively in small groups of 2-3 this week. They started with Overs, Unders, & Flip Flops and then we worked on taking turns hitting off of a tee. For our second lesson, students got to type their names and keep track of their points on an iPad app as they hit dice off a tee to see what number it landed on.
Hope all you parents got a chance to check out the videos I've been posting on Class Dojo of your students in action this week on the "Creative Movers Obstacle Course!" The course is designed to get kids working on a variety of foundational movements and functional fitness components. Students climb, jump, crawl, balance, roll, flip, scooter, and run through a variety of obstacles set up in a constant loop. The course also gives students a chance to "showcase" some of their athletic skills as they move throughout the different obstacles. Throughout the week, students really stretched their creativity by trying to negotiate the obstacles in different ways each time they went around. The video below shows a quick overview for those of you interested in the set up.
On our second day of class, students measured their activity levels by wearing their Gopher FitStep Pro pedometers. The video below shows students interacting with the course in class from last year. Check out all the creative ways they traveled through the course!